Possible Peace Agreement with Palestinians and Iran Threat Highlight Pallone’s Israel Trip

Aug 9, 2017 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) returned from a trip to Israel, where he gained a firsthand understanding of regional challenges and America’s strategic relationship with Israel.

Reflecting on his trip, Congressman Pallone said that the threat posed by Iran’s conventional forces to Israel and the entire Middle East was his biggest concern.

“We spent time separately at Israel’s border with Syria and Lebanon, where the threat posed by Iranian backed forces is greatest. They are arming Hezbollah at both locations with rockets that reach Israel’s population centers. But, Iran’s armed forces are replacing ISIS directly in many places. Israel also faces potential rocket attacks from Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” Pallone said.

The Congressman stressed that Iran’s conventional forces threat does not mean that the United States should abandon the nuclear agreement with Iran, which he continues to support and is holding.

“The movement of Iran’s armed forces and support of terrorist organization on Israel’s borders mean that the United States must continue to support Israel’s Iron Dome defense system against rocket attacks and ensure that the United States provide Israel with cutting edge military technology,” Pallone said.

The Congressman visited a missile defense location and spent time with Israeli soldiers in Tel Aviv. He also met with Israel political leaders from all sides of the political spectrum to discuss the peace process.

“I stressed the need for progress on a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that would head to a two-state solution. We met with a Palestinian Authority cabinet member in Ramallah, with the head of the head of the Israeli opposition, and with Prime Minister Netanyahu. The need for more cooperation on domestic issues between the Palestinian Authority and Israel as a prelude to any agreement came up at all of the meetings,” Pallone continued.

The Congressman’s trip was sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation and included several bipartisan Members of Congress. 

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